Sunday dinner

 We had a great time last night with our company, drank too much wine, but that can't be helped. So today, we were all pretty wiped out. Including the boys... apparently socializing is exhausting for them. We all laid low, snuggled up, watched movies in between doing mountains of dishes.

The theme at IHCC this week is "Bean there, done that." We love beans, of all kinds... I searched through some recipes and I found this one for a green bean souffle loaf... it seemed different and also something that would go well with our Sunday roast.

It turned out to be quite tasty, and quite pretty. I halved the recipe since this makes two loafs, which was way too much for just the two of us.

Green bean souffle loaf
adapted from, Apples for Jam, by Tessa Kiros

2 1/4 pounds green beans, trimmed
about 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs

Bechamel sauce:
3 1/2 tbs butter
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 2/3 cups milk, warmed
salt and pepper

4 eggs
3/4 cup grated Romano cheese (you can use Parmesan if you'd like)
Generous pinch dried thyme (the recipe calls for fresh dill, but in this, I loved the thyme.)

Steam the beans over a pan of boiling water for about 20 minutes until tender. Put them in a blender and pulse so that most of it is smooth, but there is still some small bits for texture. Pour into a bowl, season well with salt and let cool.

Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly, then begin slowly adding the milk and continue whisking. When the sauce is thick and smooth, season with salt and pepper to taste, and add a pinch of nutmeg to it.

Whisk your eggs,cheese, and thyme together, and then fold into the green beans. Fold the beans into the bechamel.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease two loaf pans and sprinkle the bottoms and sides with bread crumbs. Pour in the bean mixture and top with another handful of breadcrumbs.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until mostly set, and the top is nicely browned.

I could see this recipe maybe making an appearance on our holiday table... 

And now... back to relaxing!

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Deb in Hawaii said…
I wondered about this recipe so I am glad you tried it. It looks like the perfect side dish and love the bechamel sauce.

The pups do look like you wore them out. ;-)
Dreaming said…
Mmmm, thanks for the recipe. What an unusual one! I have lots of beans in the freezer... so, guess what I'll be trying this week!
I'm thinking it's hard not to like anything folded into bechamel! Sounds delicious :D
That recipe sounds good.

The boys are such cuties.
MM said…
This is pretty different. But it does sound tasty!

Happy relaxing!
I'm sorry, I am easily distracted.
But they are so cute!

I have yet to master the souffle, yours looks so tasty! What a great way to serve beans.
Youre grean bean souffle looks delicious.
What an unusual dish - I really have to try this.
Sue :-)

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